This week, I heard the Lord saying:
"A STRONG anointing will be upon My Word from this point on. Where you once found My Word dry and meaningless, you will now see Bible verses come alive to you as I shepherd you through your daily readings.
"In this season, I am breathing FIRE onto My Words that will ignite encounters you have never known before. You will find Me as a good Father who is actively at work to win you back from the lies and deceptions of the enemy."
I heard the Lord say clearly that His Word is going to bring a RICH REVELATION of goodness to you right now; goodness that heals you!
As you open up your Bible, portions of scripture will become LIVING WORDS for you; "rhema" words that help define where you are and what you are becoming.
The Spirit-infused breath of God is going to so illuminate and enliven the Words of the Father that some of you will literally sit and weep over His Word for hours, undone by His goodness and love.
There are "power encounters" happening right now for those who are seeking the Father in Spirit and in Truth. Those who intentionally set themselves apart, coming aside to spend time with God in His Word, will see God disclose Himself in fresh, new ways. These revelations of Himself within His own Word will leave you stunned.
Some of you will come out of your quiet time feeling like you have just encountered God 'as He is' for the very first time. Others will be undone by the reality of His Presence in the Word. The fresh anointing of power on His Word will transform you in an instant!
Strongholds in your life that have taken many years to develop will fall off suddenly as you simply position yourself before God's Word. You will ask Holy Spirit what to read and the moment you find the verse, He will activate deliverance, freedom, and healing for you.
What is old, dry, and lifeless is being shed like snakeskin from the Bride. There is a mighty, corporate work of deliverance being initiated by the One whose Name is Mighty God! Do not resist this baptism of fire, but lean deeply into study and time in the Word, and you will see great spiritual acceleration!
Jeremiah 23:29 NASBS
"Is not My word like fire?" declares the LORD, "and like a hammer which shatters a rock?
Any remaining places of feeling orphaned, isolated, or misunderstood will be filled with God's goodness as you begin to receive the LIVING BREAD of Christ's Presence within the Word. You will go to take communion and find that you have no need of the elements because of the place of deep communion into which He has already brought you.
Every word you "digest" will activate something new and unexpected in you, bringing forth good fruit where once there was only evidence of curses at work. Just as your body knows intuitively what to do when food is ingested, so your spirit knows intuitively how to assimilate this fresh, living bread the Lord is now releasing to you.
In places where you have feared experiencing God, you will be sovereignly drawn into power encounters that set you free. Your part is simply to surrender to the Word and let it do its work!
Hebrews 4:12-13 ESV
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
I heard the Lord say He is activating for Himself a people who will "tremble at His Word."
This is not the trembling of fearful, apostate Israel, standing at a distance from Mount Sinai while Moses encountered God! This is the trembling of those whose entire passion is to KNOW HIM and to be as close as humanly possible to Someone who is entirely good and loving:
Isaiah 66:2 NASBS
"But to this one I will look, To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word."
There is a fresh, holy fear coming upon the Word of God for believers right now that will have the dual effect of strengthening hearts in love while at the same time exalting the reality of the LIVING WORD, JESUS CHRIST. Those who have the boldness to draw near will find themselves changed and empowered.
I had a dream this week to illustrate the heightening level of the Fear of the Lord:
I saw a massive, dark cloud in the near distance which was set against a stormy, red sky.
Out of this cloud came powerful thunder and lightning, and I knew and felt in my whole being that this cloud was the Presence of the Lord in a very real and tangible form. This power shook me to my core; there was no escaping such omnipotence and omnipresence!
When I woke from the dream, I was not afraid, but felt so overwhelmed by the MERCY of the Lord toward His people! He could in an instant destroy us; we are completely defenseless and insignificant compared to His greatness! Yet God chooses instead to love and empower us, revealing His might through the humility of Christ and through undeserved honor for His created ones.
I pray you'll respond to the Lord's invitation to encounter an immeasurably powerful God who in mercy, restrains Himself to work "according to the power that is at work within you."
Ephesians 3:20-21 ESV
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever.
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A severe hearing loss from childhood caused Deborah Perkins to develop what she now calls her secret weapon: tuning in to God's voice. A Wellesley College graduate and an award-winning writer, Deborah is now a wife and mother of 3 boys. Deborah has devoted over 25 years to professional and lay Christian ministry in New England and beyond. Her passion is inspiring people to cultivate greater intimacy with God.